Betty on the News: Italian Premier Pokes Fun at the Obamas’ Skin Color
Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi makes headlines by calling the Obamas “tanned”; Michelle Obama said not to be amused
-Margeaux Baulch Klein
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi certainly has a way with words. He reportedly has made jokes about the Obamas’s skin color not once but twice since President Obama has been elected.
Berlusconi first raised eyebrows by saying that Obama was “young, handsome and even has a good tan” back in November and included Michelle in on the jest this past weekend at the G-20 summit when he said, “You won’t believe it, but the two of them went to the beach because the wife is also tanned.”
Media outlets were quick to point out that although Michelle warmly greeted many other leaders with a hug, she stiffly offered Berlusconi a handshake upon meeting him at the summit. (Fox News)